Problems of statistical physics. Autograph manuscript signed
by Uhlenbeck, George Eugene
1972. Uhlenbeck, George Eugene (1900-1988). Problems of statistical physics. Autograph manuscript signed, on yellow lined paper. 30 sheets numbered 1, 1a, 2-21, 23-27, a-c; manuscript is complete despite break in numbering. [1972.] 280 x 215 mm. First sheet a little discolored, small rust stains from paper clip on first and last leaves. Very good. The Dutch-American physicist G. E. Uhlenbeck is best known for his discovery, with Samuel Goudsmit, of electron spin, one of the cornerstones of quantum mechanics. Uhlenbeck and Goudsmit's paper on electron spin was published in October 1925, when Uhlenbeck was just 24; afterwards, he taught physics at the University of Michigan and several other universities before joining the Rockefeller Institute in 1960. The present paper, describing some of the fundamental problems in statistical physics, was presented at the 1972 symposium on "The Development of the Physicist's Conception of Nature in the Twentieth Century," held in honor of Paul Dirac's 70th birthday. The paper was published the following year in The Physicist's Conception of Nature (1973), edited by Jagdish Mehra. (Inventory #: 44176)
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